So I just wanted to spend a few minutes talking about the school visit I did yesterday. My youngest son Logan took a copy of my "Monster Alphabet" book to school, which resulted in his teacher asking me to come and talk to the kids about art and drawing, and graphic design. Both as they relate to me and as possible careers.
I am not a teacher. I am not a public speaker. I am not comfortable in front of crowds of any age.
But I agreed anyway.
I really did want to do it. I was just very nervous about it. I thought about what to talk about and how to frame it. I don't like talking about myself too much, but I do like talking about drawing, so that's where the focus would go.
So I went.
I talked about drawing and all the things it can accomplish in storytelling and communicating. I talked about the upsides of working as an illustrator, and the hard work it took to get where I am(and also mentioned that I have a long way to go) I also gave a drawing lesson about using shapes to draw(see the Angry Birds graphic above).
Throughout the talk, the kids were attentive, enthusiastic, full of questions and comments, wanting to know more, and wanting to relate their drawing experiences to me. It was one of the most positive experiences I've ever had in this line of work and it made me so glad that I'd agreed to do it.
After doing the talk and reflecting on it, I can see why great teachers love to teach. No, I'm not equating myself to a teacher, it's not even in the same ballpark. I can just see that when a teacher is good and can get across to students in a way that makes them respond and interact with them in a positive way, that there's something great there that keeps them in the classroom. I got all of the good stuff of that experience, but then I left. It was up to a great teacher to get them back on track and doing Math work again after I left...